April 2016

The Episcopal Church

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Calls for Prayer for Ecuador

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has called for prayers for the people and Dioceses of Ecuador following a devastating earthquake on April 17.

Two dioceses of the Episcopal Church are located in Ecuador:

• Litoral Ecuador led by Bishop Alfredo Morante.

• Central Ecuador led by Bishop Victor Scantlebury.

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit the South American country on Sunday, April 17.  News reports indicate the death toll is over 200 people with 2500 injured.

The following is the message Presiding Bishop Curry sent to the bishops and people:

 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Please know that your brothers and sisters throughout the Episcopal Church are praying for you. We will be with you during this time and in the days ahead. You are not alone. May the love of God embrace and strength you.

 Your brother in Christ,

  +Michael B. Curry
  Presiding Bishop and Primate
  The Episcopal Church

Contributions to Episcopal Relief & Development’s International Disaster Response Fund will support relief efforts.  - See more here.

Diocesan News

Diocesan Pathways to Vitality Conference Explores Financial Integrity

Diocesan Pathways to Vitality Conference Explores Financial Integrity

Motivational Speaker Peter Dunn and the Rev. Rick Foss, a former ELCA Lutheran bishop of Eastern North Dakota, spoke bluntly—as well as with humor—about financial integrity in families and congregations when they opened the Pathways to Vitality conference Saturday, April 16.

The two main speakers identified key issues about honesty and money, and entertained about 200 lay and clergy leaders representing all the diocese’s congregations at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Read more and see more photos.


Bishop Waynick's Sermon at the Great Vigil of Easter, Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis

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Why are we here? Why have we come to this vigil?  

Some of us are here because of the sheer beauty of the liturgy itself; the light of the paschal candle representing the light of the risen Christ which cannot be extinguished, the ancient hymn ‘Exsultet’ which extolls the light and its meaning for the world, the ancient stories from sacred Scripture which remind us that God has given us our very life and has journeyed with us through times of radical renewal, deliverance from slavery, the bestowal of new identity and mission, and rescue from the deadly dryness of spiritual despair.

Some of us are here because these stories speak to our own journeys, and the hymns and psalms provide us comfort and reassurance.

Some of us are here because our faith is already strong – and out of gratitude we come to celebrate and rejoice in the truth of the faith which carries us forward day after day and year after year.    

Some of us are here because we’re still looking for something that rings true, something which just might resonate with the longing we feel to be connected to what is essential and meaningful in life.

But no matter what brought us through the doors of this cathedral this evening we have come to the place in our vigil where a definite shift takes place.  The rehearsal of God’s mighty acts in the lives of our ancestors gives way to the reality of God’s life among us in the person of Jesus – and let’s be clear about this, it is in Jesus that our deepest longings can be satisfied.

Read the Complete Sermon

EFHN - Ingathering Pentecost Sunday 


Episcopal Fund for Human Need


Are you ready for the Episcopal Fund for Human Need campaign? The EFHN provides a critical lifeline for ministries and organizations throughout the diocese meeting basic emergency human needs. Your donations help our diocese provide gifts for almost three-dozen  critical human needs agencies throughout the lower two-thirds of Indiana. 

Ingathering May 15

Pentecost Sunday, May 15,  is our designated day. Is the May 15 ingathering  inconvenient for you or your parish?  The Episcopal Fund for Human Need accepts your gifts year-round.

Additional help and information are available on the diocesan website including:

• More about the EFHN

• List of last year's recipients

• Downloadable News Blips are available now for use in this year's EFHN campaign. Click here to download

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Ways to Give

• Mailing a check to the diocesan office at 1100 W. 42nd Street Indianapolis IN 46206. Make the check payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and write EFHN in the memo field. 

• Online through our Unified Make a Gift/Donation Form

• NEW! Text GIVE” to (317) 316-3664  (see below for details)


Support EFHN This Spring with a Text

To securely make a gift to EFHN—

• Text GIVEto (317) 316-3664

• You will receive a text with a link, click on the link. This will open a secure app on your phone.

• Register with your personal information and a credit/debit card your first time.

• Change or confirm your gift amount.  The default is $25.00 but can be completed with any amount of donation.  

• Once you confirm the gift, you will receive a text and email confirmation.

Don’t forget to save the number in your phone.  You may participate multiple times between April 1 and May 31. The next time you make a gift, you only have to text GIVE from the same phone number.  You can always text EDIT to update your information and check the status of a gift.

Around the Fireplace - April 2016


April Miscellany

by Kathy Copas
Coordinator of Communication and Evangelism

A joyous Eastertide! I'm just beginning to slide into Spring following a terrible bout of pneumonia and bronchitis. It has been a rather scary time and I thank all of you for your prayers and notes of concern. I'm gradually working my way back to full power!

That said, I wanted to give you a few general updates.

Mystery Guests

If you have requested a visit by a mystery guest, we have been absolutely overwhelmed with requests since Vestry College in February. The GOOD news is we are finally beginning to get the visits caught up and, if you have requested one, a mystery guest has already or will very soon be visiting your parish and getting their report together. And, as usual, if you haven't had a mystery guest visit and would like one, please contact me anytime.

Mystery guests are skilled, trained laity who will anonymously visit your parish (note: WITH your clergy's approval) and provide your leadership with a written report on their entire experience. The mystery guest experience is great for helping you get some outside perspective on everything from hospitality, to your building and grounds, to the general flow of your Sunday morning experience. It can provide an excellent framework for discussion with your vestry, bishop's committee, or other parish committee or task force.

Parish and Programmatic Web Sites

If you are in the queue for a new web site, the current list of requests for parish sites (either through the mychurchwebsite platform or WordPress) should be ready within the next two weeks. Some additional search optimization work will take a bit longer. And, so will a couple of the programmatic sites in development. If you receive an invoice for parish hosting from mychurchwebsite, ignore it. (They have been told repeatedly that it bills to the diocese but occasionally seem to have new persons handling their billing!) If you would still like to explore the possibility of developing a new site, please contact me anytime.


Are you an Instagram user? Does your parish or program have an Instagram account? The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Instagram account is back in business following an earlier security breach. Please follow the diocese and share! Thanks!

And, what's new with you this spring?! Don't forget to share it with us all via The Gathered Community!

Kathy Copas

You Are Invited


By the Grace of God
and with the consent of the people
The Rt. Rev. Catherine M. Waynick
Tenth Bishop of Indianapolis
will ordain
The Rev. Mary Victoria Bargiel
to the Sacred Order of Priests
Catholic and Apostolic Church
in Christ’s One, Holy,
29 April, AD 2016
at seven o’ clock in the evening.
Trinity Episcopal Church
3243 N Meridian
Indianapolis, IN 46208

The favor of your prayers and
the honor of your presence are requested.

Clergy: Red Stoles
Reception follows

Download Invitation


News Briefs

Lenten Ember Day 2016

Diocese of Indianapolis clergy renewed their vows on Maundy Thursday at Christ Church Cathedral.


The Rev. Canon Julia Whitworth has just been named Rector at Trinity, IndianapolisShe is presently serving as Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at the cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. 



The Rev. Ron Goldfarb has left his role as Archdeacon in the diocese to move to Memphis TN and accept a job promotion with his employer, FedEx.  Father Ron---we'll sure miss you!  


Dear Bishop Cate and the Diocese of Indianapolis,


What a surprise last Saturday when presented with a huge bouquet of roses, card and check! That gesture of appreciation meant a lot to me.


It has been delightful to work with the youth and adults in our diocese. They have taught me so much about acceptance, compassion, and being open to new, innovative ideas.

With God’s help, the other adults on the Youth Steering Committee and I have begun their development as leaders in the Church. And hopefully, we have helped them on their journeys in faith.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and privilege to serve, and thank you for the generous retirement gifts.

Faithfully in Christ,
Dontie Fuller
Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth


The diocesan Global Missions Commission has been at work planning a visit from Bishop Mauricio Andrade of the Diocese of Brasilia scheduled for May 25-31. Mark your calendar now and watch for opportunities to connect with Bishop Mauricio sometime during his visit.

 A delegation of clergy will also be in the Diocese of Brasilia this Summer.  The next meeting of the diocesan Global Missions Commission will be Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.-noon, at Christ Church Cathedral. There will also be an opportunity for electronic participation for those who are distant or unable to travel.  

For more information on the work of this group, contact the Rev. Jeff Bower at St. John's Speedway (bower_jeffrey@yahoo.com). 


Have you considered exploring a call to ordained ministry?  The diocesan Commission on Ministry Information Day is Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Paul's, Indianapolis.  It all begins with a conversation with your parish clergy for more information.


Are you planning to attend this year's Spring Luncheon?Registration deadline is April 21. More information and the registration form is here.


WAYCROSS MOTHER'S DAY LUNCH---Mother's Day lunch is a long-standing Waycross tradition. For years we've invited families to come together and enjoy a wonderful meal and the peaceful outdoors. Join us at 1:30 p.m.! Travel back home with new memories and a full stomach.

 Register here!


Photos shared on Facebook this past month.

The flower cross, an Easter tradition at St. Paul's, New Albany.


Easter at St. Matthew's, Indianapolis.


Andy and Amy Knueven and son, along with Cathy Scott, celebrate Easter at St. Christopher's, Carmel.


Easter Communion for Marilyn Pike, the longest continuous member of St. Paul's. Richmond.


St. Augustine's, Danville, treated kids to Egg-a-palooza.


Children at St. Paul's, Jeffersonville, discovered the alleluias they had "buried" in a basket before Lent were no longer there. Instead, they had transformed to become part of a new celebratory banner also filled with handmade paper butterflies.


St. Mary's, Martinsville, had a full church Easter Sunday. Alleluia!


The beautiful Easter altar at St. Philip's, Indianapolis.


Diocesan clergy gathered at Waycross April 4-5 for a Spring meeting.


Easter Sunday Baptism at St. Timothy's, Indianapolis.


This happy group of people from Good Shepherd, West Lafayette, were among those confirmed or received in the Northwest Deanery.


Great hats at Good Shepherd, West Lafayette!


Easter at Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, was action-packed and service oriented as always. One of the activities was making resurrection gardens.


Happy Easter from St. Paul's, Evansville.


Beautiful Spring flowers at Christ Church, Madison.


Glorious Easter light at Trinity, Indianapolis.


Bishop Waynick breaks the bread at the celebration of Easter at Christ Church Cathedral.


The Easter altar at St. James, New Castle.


An Easter window at Trinity, Lawrencrburg.


Memes for Fun and Inspiration

Events & Calendar

Confirmation Schedule 2016

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The confirmation schedule for 2016 continues with these remaining celebrations in April and May. Candidates meet with Bishop Cate one hour before the liturgy! 

•  Southeast deanery: St. Paul's, New Albany, 23 April, liturgy at 5 p.m.

• Northcentral deanery: St. Christopher's, Carmel, 30 April, liturgy at 11 a.m.

• Midcentral deanery: St. John's, Speedway, 30 April, liturgy at 5 p.m.

• All diocesan: Christ Church Cathedral, 5 May, liturgy at 7:30 p.m.

Please see this memo from Bishop Cate.

What Deanery am I in?




April 23: Southeast confirmation

• St. Paul's, New Albany 5 p.m.

April 30: Episcopal Women's Ministries Spring Luncheon

• St. Alban's, Indianapolis, 11 a.m.

April 29: Mary Bargiel ordination to Sacred Order of Priests

• Trinity, Indy, 7 p.m.

April 30: Northcentral confirmation

• St. Christopher's, Carmel 11 a.m.

April  30: Midcentral confirmation

• St. John's, Speedway 5 p.m.

May 5: All diocesan confirmation

• Christ Church Cathedral 7:30 p.m.

May 8: Mother's Day Celebration

• Waycross 1:30 p.m.

May 15: EFHN Ingathering Sunday

June 11: Commission on Ministry Information Day

• .St. Paul's, Indy 11 a.m.-2 p.m

June 18: Executive Council Meeting

• Waycross

For more events, complete details, or updates, see indydio.org/events/list/.



Anticipated Date April, 2017

Stay informed and connected to the information and social media postings of the Diocesan search committee.

• On Facebook, follow the feed here.

• And on Twitter, follow here.

• And on the HoosierBishopXI website.